Garver homers, hurts ankle in Twins' 4-3 win over Angels

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mitch Garver demonstrated his value to the Minnesota Twins again Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Now, Minnesota is hoping it hasn't lost its surprisingly productive catcher for an extended period.

Garver hit a two-run homer and tagged out Shohei Ohtani trying to score the tying run in the eighth inning before leaving with a left high ankle sprain during a 4-3 victory.

Manager Rocco Baldelli said the team would know more about Garver's prognosis following additional testing Wednesday.

''Probably not in as much pain as I was expecting,'' Baldelli said. ''But anything beyond that is speculation.''

Garver homered in the third to give Minnesota a three-run lead behind Kyle Gibson (4-1). It was Garver's ninth homer and traveled to the second deck in left field. Byron Buxton added an RBI double the next inning, and five relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, with Blake Parker getting his seventh save in seven chances.

Ohtani had three hits, including an RBI single as part of a three-run sixth, but he was thrown out at third base in the sixth and at home in the eighth after Brian Goodwin's single to center.

Garver, a breakout performer this season with a .329 average, took in Buxton's throw and applied the tag on Ohtani, then had to be helped off the field without putting weight on his left leg. Garver's foot twisted awkwardly as Ohtani slid into his leg. He was replaced the next inning by Jason Castro.

''Just the perfect throw to Garv was, I mean, obviously saved the game,'' Gibson said. ''We're definitely worried about Garv. He's been one of our better players all year, and really consistent behind the plate, and hopefully everything comes back negative and he's fine.''

The Twins lead the majors with 16 home runs and 38 RBIs from the catching position, also getting strong contributions from Castro and Willians Astudillo.

''You can't fake what he is doing,'' Baldelli said of Garver. ''He sees the ball. He makes great decisions on a pitch-to-pitch basis. He has tremendous at-bats. When you have at-bats like that and have a good, short stroke, it's a good combination and that's what he's working with.''

Ohtani is batting .321 in seven games after missing the start of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

''I had to take that gamble,'' Ohtani said through an interpreter about the play at the plate. ''I felt like I had a decent chance, but the results weren't the way I wanted.''

Cam Bedrosian (1-2) took the loss for Los Angeles, serving as the opener for primary pitcher Felix Pena. Bedrosian gave up one run and two hits in one inning.

Gibson cruised through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

BOUR OPTIONED

First baseman Justin Bour was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after the game. He struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance Tuesday and is hitting .163 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 30 games.

''I can't really say it's come as any kind of surprise,'' said Bour, who's hit at least 20 home runs in three of the past four seasons and owns a .255 career average. ''Obviously, the beginning of the season hasn't clicked for me like I know I'm capable of doing. But it's one of those things where you have two ways of looking at it, and I'm looking at it as an opportunity to go down, figure some stuff out and get back as soon as possible.''

BAT ON THE BALL

Gibson struck out Andrelton Simmons in the second inning, snapping Simmons' streak of 61 plate appearances without a strikeout, which was the longest active streak in baseball.

Astudillo struck out in the eighth after going 44 plate appearances without a strikeout. It was just the second strikeout for Astudillo this season in 64 plate appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Manager Brad Ausmus said he expects OF Kole Calhoun to return Friday. Calhoun was placed on the paternity list before the game and IF Luis Rengifo was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... RHP JC Ramirez threw a 45-point intrasquad game in Arizona on Tuesday as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. ... LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) will make a start in extended spring training tomorrow.

Twins: Nelson Cruz was out of the lineup for the second straight day as he deals with a sore left wrist. ... 2B Jonathan Schoop was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Saturday due to a sore left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Jake Odorizzi (5-2, 2.32 ERA) will try to extend his scoreless innings streak as he start's Wednesday's series finale. Trevor Cahill (2-3, 6.35) starts for Los Angeles. Odorizzi hasn't allowed a run since the sixth inning on April 22 at Houston, a stretch covering three starts. He surrendered just one hit in seven innings in his last start. Cahill beat Baltimore in his last start, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.

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  • W: K. Gibson (4-1)L: C. Bedrosian (1-2)S: B. Parker (7)
  • HR: MIN - M. Garver (9)
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    • 2B - D. Fletcher (6)
    • RBI - S. Ohtani (6), D. Fletcher (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. La Stella 3 (3), A. Simmons, A. Pujols, B. Goodwin 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez (3), B. Buxton (18)
    • HR - M. Garver (9)
    • RBI - M. Garver 2 (19), E. Rosario (33), B. Buxton (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (4), B. Buxton (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), C. Cron 4 (4), B. Buxton
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Polanco
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Buxton (3), M. Kepler
    • DP - 2 (Schoop-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Bedrosian (L, 1-2)1.02110003.101.23-5.0
    F. Pena5.05331313.490.967.5
    T. Cole2.00002401.290.716.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Bedrosian (L, 1-2)1.0
    F. Pena5.0
    T. Cole2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 4-1)5.26332504.261.2213.5
    R. Harper (H, 2)1.01000001.560.872.0
    T. Duffey0.01000001.421.26-1.0
    M. Morin (H, 1)0.10000002.080.230.0
    T. Rogers (H, 7)0.21000101.471.36-0.5
    B. Parker (S, 7)1.12001101.201.007.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 4-1)5.2
    R. Harper (H, 2)1.0
    T. Duffey0.0
    M. Morin (H, 1)0.1
    T. Rogers (H, 7)0.2
    B. Parker (S, 7)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Bedrosian (5)
    • HBP - F. Pena (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bedrosian 22-15, F. Pena 64-42, T. Cole 33-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bedrosian 2-1, F. Pena 6-6
    • Batters Faced - C. Bedrosian 5, F. Pena 22, T. Cole 8
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Gibson (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 88-50, R. Harper 14-11, T. Duffey 3-1, M. Morin 3-2, T. Rogers 11-6, B. Parker 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-2, R. Harper 1-2, M. Morin 1-0, B. Parker 1-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 22, R. Harper 4, T. Duffey, M. Morin, T. Rogers 3, B. Parker 6
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    M. Trout CF40000022.287.453.5581.012-1.0
    S. Ohtani DH40310000.321.424.429.8534.0
    A. Simmons SS40100012.310.333.435.7680.5
    A. Pujols 1B40100021.232.297.449.7460.0
    B. Goodwin RF40100010.293.362.463.8260.5
    J. Lucroy C30100100.261.320.417.7372.0
    L. Rengifo 2B21000202.172.265.310.5753.0
    D. Fletcher LF31210001.295.340.439.7805.0
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    J. Polanco SS31100103.327.395.6141.0105.0
    M. Garver C41121013.329.418.7471.1646.5
    J. Castro C00000000.245.362.612.9740.0
    E. Rosario LF30110100.247.285.532.8173.0
    C. Cron 1B40000024.237.301.473.775-1.0
    M. Gonzalez 3B41100010.232.314.352.6662.5
    W. Astudillo DH40000011.290.303.484.787-0.5
    J. Schoop 2B40100021.275.321.496.8180.0
    B. Buxton CF20110101.279.338.484.8224.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Fletcher (6)
      • RBI - S. Ohtani (6), D. Fletcher (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. La Stella 3 (3), A. Simmons, A. Pujols, B. Goodwin 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (3), B. Buxton (18)
      • HR - M. Garver (9)
      • RBI - M. Garver 2 (19), E. Rosario (33), B. Buxton (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (4), B. Buxton (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), C. Cron 4 (4), B. Buxton
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Polanco
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Buxton (3), M. Kepler
      • DP - 2 (Schoop-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bedrosian (L, 1-2)1.02110003.101.23-5.0
      F. Pena5.05331313.490.967.5
      T. Cole2.00002401.290.716.0
      Total8.0744371---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bedrosian (L, 1-2)1.0
      F. Pena5.0
      T. Cole2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 4-1)5.26332504.261.2213.5
      R. Harper (H, 2)1.01000001.560.872.0
      T. Duffey0.01000001.421.26-1.0
      M. Morin (H, 1)0.10000002.080.230.0
      T. Rogers (H, 7)0.21000101.471.36-0.5
      B. Parker (S, 7)1.12001101.201.007.5
      Total9.01133370---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 4-1)5.2
      R. Harper (H, 2)1.0
      T. Duffey0.0
      M. Morin (H, 1)0.1
      T. Rogers (H, 7)0.2
      B. Parker (S, 7)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Bedrosian (5)
      • HBP - F. Pena (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bedrosian 22-15, F. Pena 64-42, T. Cole 33-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bedrosian 2-1, F. Pena 6-6
      • Batters Faced - C. Bedrosian 5, F. Pena 22, T. Cole 8
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gibson (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 88-50, R. Harper 14-11, T. Duffey 3-1, M. Morin 3-2, T. Rogers 11-6, B. Parker 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 7-2, R. Harper 1-2, M. Morin 1-0, B. Parker 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 22, R. Harper 4, T. Duffey, M. Morin, T. Rogers 3, B. Parker 6
      • 6TH INNING
        Ohtani singled to center, La Stella scored34
        Fletcher scored, La Stella to second on wild pitch24
        Fletcher doubled to deep right, Rengifo scored14
      • 4TH INNING
        Buxton doubled to deep left, Gonzalez scored04
      • 3RD INNING
        Garver homered to left, Kepler scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Rosario singled to center, Polanco scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jason Castro catching
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to second
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rengifo walked
        • Justin Bour hit for David Fletcher
        • J. Bour: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, La Stella flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Mike Morin
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Ohtani reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons flied out to right
        • Blake Parker relieved Taylor Rogers
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pujols singled to right, Ohtani to second
        • B. Goodwin: Goodwin singled to center, Ohtani out at home, Pujols to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Astudillo struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Harper Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lucroy singled to left
        • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Rengifo lined out to right
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Ryne Harper
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Fletcher singled to center, Lucroy to second
        • Mike Morin relieved Tyler Duffey
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, La Stella reached on fielder's choice to third, Lucroy out at third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Buxton walked
        • Taylor Cole relieved Felix Pena
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler lined out to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco walked, Buxton to second
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver flied out to shallow right
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked, Buxton to third, Polanco to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rengifo walked
        • D. Fletcher: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Fletcher doubled to deep right, Rengifo scored
        • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, La Stella singled to left, Fletcher to third
        • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Ball, Fletcher scored, La Stella to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ohtani singled to center, La Stella scored
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons singled to right, Ohtani out at third
        • Ryne Harper relieved Kyle Gibson
        • A. Pujols: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pujols flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Astudillo grounded out to third
        • J. Schoop: Schoop flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Goodwin grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to deep right
        • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, La Stella singled to left center
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Trout grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, La Stella out at second
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Ohtani singled to center
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to left center
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo flied out to center
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • B. Buxton: Buxton doubled to deep left, Gonzalez scored
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler hit by pitch
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Rengifo lined out to center
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded into double play second to first, Lucroy out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler singled to center
        • J. Polanco: Polanco popped out to second
        • M. Garver: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Garver homered to left, Kepler scored
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to first
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Felix Pena relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Foul, Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop singled to center
        • B. Buxton: Buxton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Schoop out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: La Stella grounded out to first
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout grounded out to third
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bedrosian Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver flied out to center
        • E. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Polanco stole second, Ball, Ball, Polanco to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Rosario singled to center, Polanco scored
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Cron reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rosario out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)